Saudi Arabia refused to normalize its relations with Israel without the creation of a Palestinian statedeclared the foreign minister of the Gulf kingdom on Friday.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahuand the United States National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivanvisiting the kingdom, discussed on Thursday the possibility of “expand” the Abraham Accordsthanks to which relations between Israel and several Arab countries became official.
“True normalization and true stability will only come if you give the Palestinians hope and dignity, and this happens by giving them a State”, declared on Friday Faycal bin Farhanhead of Saudi diplomacy, in a video on Twitter.
The world’s leading exporter of crude oil and the largest Arab economy, Arabia is a very close associate of the United Statesbut has always refused to normalize its relations with Israel.
Riyadh has not opposed the Abraham Accords, signed under Washington’s impetus at the end of 2020 by Israel and several Arab countries, including Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
But the kingdom has insisted several times that one of the conditions for it to sign such an agreement is the respect for the rights of Palestinians.
Netanyahu received Sullivan in Jerusalem yesterday. Both discussed “next steps to deepen the Abraham Accords and widen the circle of peacewith an emphasis on a breakthrough with Saudi Arabia,” a statement from the prime minister’s office said.
Sullivan is the first senior member of the US administration of Joe Biden who has been visiting Israel since the inauguration of the new government of Benjamin Netanyahu, the most right-wing and religious in the history of Israel, with positions and plans that clash with the US.
“We see it as a reliable partner in matters of our shared security and, of course, in the advancement of peace”, Netanyahu told Sullivan, in an attempt to bring positions closer despite the reluctance of the US towards the new far-right and nationalist partners of the prime minister.
Although the Abraham Accords were signed under the auspices of former US President Donald Trump, Biden has come out in favor of deepen and expand. Not surprisingly, his first and so far only visit to the Middle East as president was last summer to Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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